Shura’s epic latest creation “White Light” has an underlying sci-fi theme (as well as being about her twin brother) that is further explored in the new video for it. Directed by Noel Paul, the visual consists of a woman seeking out a man with otherworldly qualities. It ever so subtly reminds us of the M83 video trilogy from a few years back. Watch below.
The A.VV Club’s Undercover web series is one of our favorites going. For those not familiar, each season, a slew of artists go into their studio choosing to cover a song from a list of options. After a song is selected, it cannot be covered again for that season. The latest episode is a collaboration of sorts between Sylvan Esso and Flock of Dimes (aka Jenn Wasner of Wye Oak). In it, they assist each other in covering an all-time favorite of ours, Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over”, and Gillian Welch’s gorgeous “Everything Is Free” both found below. In addition to the video, Partisan Records is releasing the covers as a part of a split 7″ available for pre-order here.
While you don’t necessarily think of warm beaches sparkling underneath sunshine when speaking of Russia, Moscow trio Pompeya creates music that does just that. Last month, the released their sophomore LP, Real, courtesy of No Shame indebted to the new-wave dance rock of the ’80s. One of the highlights from the album, “Pasadena”. The band explains of the song, “While we were in Pasadena only once in our lives, the meaning of the place is like so many others. You have an idea of what a place is, and create a new context for it with your imagination. The name sounds romantic, almost cinematic. Again, completely removed from what the place itself may be in reality…. We’ve created our own romantic reality in its place.”
We are happy to have the visual for the song directed by Josh Forbes. In it, the old story of the teenager standing on the outside of the popular kids is told once more with a unusual twist. However, you soon find out that we are never alone no matter how different we think we really are. Watch below.
Mac DeMarco’s new mini-LP, Another One, is out August 7th via Captured Tracks. Today, he followed up the track “The Way You’d Love Her” from it with the title track via a quirky video. Just like the first song, we are getting some major John Lennon vibes with the vocals and keyboard work all the way down to his glasses in the video. Watch and listen below.
Oakland trio Shannon And The Clams have announced their fourth LP, Gone By The Dawn, slated for release on September 11th courtesy of Hardly Art. Singer Shannon Shaw calls the it a “devastated album” influenced by breakups that happened to members around the time of recording. The first single from the LP, “Corvette”, has a forlorn quality in the sharpness of the guitar sound and Shaw’s sagging vocal delivery. Accompanying the song, they have unveiled a visual directed by Loren Risker switching back and forth between crisp black and white and vibrantly colored shots. You can find the video below and also grab a download the song via Soundcloud.
It is pretty clear to anyone that matriculates on this blog frequently, we are pretty big fans of Shura. Whether it is her songs “Touch”, “Just Once”, “Indecision”, “2Shy” or her most recent single “White Light”, she has a pretty perfect string of pop songs at her disposal very early on in her promising career.
Today, she unveiled a gorgeously shot film titled Three Years showing her performing three of the previously mentioned tracks in various surroundings directed by David Terranova. While we have not been able to confirm this yet, it quite possibly could be a precursor or teaser to her anxiously awaited debut album sharing the same name as the film. Watch it below.
Lorely Rodriguez, known under her musical moniker Empress Of, has a new video for her latest single “Water Water”. Directed by her and Zaiba Jabbar, the visual has a mystical quality about it. Says Rodriguez of the video, “I wanted to make a video that made me experience the emotions I felt when I wrote the song. Mostly like drowning in that synth pad.” Watch below.